what was your gallbladder pain like?

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Hello, I've been suffering annoying burning pain on my right side lower rib area.  If I was to stand, it'd be where my elbow might hit my side, and move toward the front.  Last year, I had bloodwork, xray, ultrasound.  Gallstones were found, but I wasn't told to remove gallbladder.  It was up to me, I decided to wait.  Well the pain, disappeared for a bit, and returns.  I have it again.  It feels like mildly irritated, the area between lower ribs and skin.  I know this sounds like a weird explanation.  I just cant be postitive that this pain would be from gallbladder?  I do not feel pain in abdomen area.  Thank you for any information.

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    Hi, I know a fatty liver can cause this sort of pain as well as the gallbladder. I had a gallbladder that wasn't working properly which gave pain on the right side underneath the ribs and went around the the back and upto the shoulder blades. If it is your gallbladder then it does give you attacks and ease off and those may get more frequent. Does food effect you and give you more pain after eating?

    What tests have they done as I know the symptoms you are having are similar to so many things in that area so they need to rule out other diagnosis. 

    What did they say about your bloodwork, does that show anything?

    Let me know. Take care xx

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      I know alot of people have a gastroscopy to rule out ulcers and any problems in the stomach and duodenum. When I had it they also took biopsies to check for other disorders that can cause the same pains. Mine all came back as normal. They usually do this and a CT scan to rule out other diagnosis so at least they know if the pain is coming from the gallbladder.

      I know with the gallbladder that they do tend to monitor if your symptoms aren't constant as there isn't always any urgency to remove the organ at that point but you will need to go back to your doctor if your symptoms change or get worse.

      Keep me updated with what happens. x

       

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    Hello Kelan, I decided to have my gall bladder removed after delaying it for so many years but because I was starting to have this burning feeling, not from the front but mostly at the back on the right side where my gall bladder was. I was really hesitant to go ahead with it and waited for another year. I was having more of the back problem and frequent indigestions. To be honest I think the back problem is another issue, but my burning feeling from indigestion is gone now. I had bouts of diarrhea in the beginning probabaly for two weeks and I had to discuss that with the surgeon, he suggested. Yogurt with probiotics and I tried whatever heals and after a week my body adjusted and now my problem is gone. I still have soreness on the navel area, perhaps because it takes time to heal inside. Also I was starting to feel nautious at times and the discomforts of the burning sensations. accdg to the doctor the smaller the stones the higher the risk of blocking the duct. Discuss it with your doctor because the decision is really yours and they can give a better advice. I know the feeling and I hope that you will get better soon but make sure to do your own research. Good luck! I hope my past experience dealing with the same problem helps.
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      Thank you for your reply.  The doctors sometime seem to think mine is muscular, but I dont feel that way.  I feel like a slight bruised, swelling, but not actually bruised or swollen, just annoying and sore.  
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      My doctor thinks mine is muscular as well. I have been getting massage therapy and chiropractic care. I'm feeling better. What happens to us during surgery? Seems like a lot of people have back and under rib pain after surgery. The doctors act like they've never heard this before. Tired of doctors!

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    hi, the pain you describe is classic gallbladder pain according to my gastro, mine is very similar.

    my symptoms have been reflux, IBS symptoms, a brusied rib ache on the right side, like I have been kicked. Gas, bloating and nausea, also 14kg weight loss, only keeping weight on by consuming huge amounts of corn chips! I am limited diet wise and my symptoms come and go.

    I am seeing the surgeon today, I have had a CT scan, endoscope and colonoscopy and all fine, but my gallbladder is full of multiple mobile stones upto 1.5 cms.

    I have no idea what to do as currently I do still get bloating, sharp gas pains a short while after eating which make me gasp, minor rib discomfort and nausea and reflux is hit and miss, but still no huge intense gallbladder typical pain.

    I am the most stable I have been for the last 6 weeks, since June when this all started and escalated worse in jan. its currently livable and tolerable and am scared removing will make it all much worse, reading this forum. 

    Good luck and get it checked.

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      Thank you for your reply, thats the description bruised rib pain, mostly on side of body.  The doctors told me, that they weren't sure if the  gallbladder would cause this pain.

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      yes it does, 2 gastro specialists have told me typical pain now as well as today at the surgions and also my GP. Its also on gallbladder symptoms on some web pages, it isnt always sharp and acute, sometimes it can be dull, achy

      and chronic.

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      Thank you, everyone I talk to says, it made them sick, and  upper abdominal pain, no where near side of ribs, I have been so confused, but feel ok.  It is dull, and slightly burning pain.  Just like a little, "knock knock" i'm still here pain.  

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      Hi there, your pains and symptoms sound identical to mine. Mine began mid October 2016, couldn't eat, sore achy side between my hip and lowest right ribs. Read that ACV could help if indeed it's inflamed gb, drinking every day doesn't do much. I've tried all ppi's, low fat diet, lots of apple juice and nothing makes a difference. I get very bad indigestion even after going days without eating much. I've had every test done including hida scan and two ultrasounds for stones, nothing shows. My GI and surgeon suggest removal of course, but I'm not sold on ripping out the organs we were born with without concrete evidence. There are many nights I sleep sitting up because the indigestion and pressure like I've been kicked in ribs is so strong. My endoscopy revealed nothing but mild gastritis, not even reflux or gerd. I've tried a chiropractor with no success. My next move is to see a holistic DO who practices OMM, Osteopathic Manipulative...works by moving around bone structures looking for deeper causes. I now owe my medical facility $11,000 from all the years and appointments. I'm at a lost with this constant ache in my rib area.

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      I have dull right rib pain, removal of GB end of this month, doc also said to me unsure if GB would cause this ache and would only know once GB removed
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    My pain is in the middle of my upper abdomen, right below the breastbone. It starts with a dull ache, then quickly intensifies to unbearable pain. I get nausea, weak, all the muscles in my body ache, and I literally lay on the floor in pain until it passes.
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      I feel no pain close to my breastbone.  I used to get nausea, but not lately.  Just the pain on my side rib.  I hope you feel better.
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